GUJRAT   -   Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chair­man Imran Khan said Friday that those who used to criticise his gov­ernment for ‘bowing down’ before the International Monetary Fund (IMF) now have themselves kowtowed be­fore the international lender. 

Addressing a massive rally in Gu­jrat, the former prime minister said that we have to respect ourselves if we want the world to respect us. “To­day’s rally has broken all previous re­cords of rallies held in Gujrat,” he said and also mentioned the increasing diesel price. When my government was toppled through conspiracy, the price of petrol was Rs150 and die­sel Rs145, he said, adding that he was trying to wake the na­tion up. The former PM went on say that the people of Gujrat had strong political awareness and urged the youth to set the high­est targets and aims and see the biggest dreams in their lives as this thought would bring them to the highest place in the world.

Khan maintained that Paki­stani youth had always gained respect and honour in the world due to their talent and hard­working. The PTI chairman fur­ther said that the nation does not progress until true freedom, adding that slaves cannot prog­ress but can only become good slaves. Also Imran Khan once again warned the government against “victimising” leaders of PTI, and if they continued to do so, his movement would head to Islamabad and “no leader will be able find any place to hide”.

Firing broadsides at the gov­ernment, the stronghold of al­lies PML-Q, Imran said the “cru­el treatment” of his party leader Shahbaz Gill, Opposition Lead­er in the Sindh Assembly Hal­eem Adil Sheikh and journal­ists like Jameel Farooqui should stop, warning that the continua­tion of such actions would have consequences. He said the coali­tion government won’t “win this match come what may”.

Imran called upon the youth of the country to “gear up” for the challenge ahead and pre­pare themselves for the move­ment against the government — whom he repeatedly called “imported”.

“This imported government took charge of the government through a conspiracy and their main aim was to quash their corruption cases,” Imran said, while urging people to take to the streets in large num­bers when he signals them. He bashed the incumbent govern­ment for complaining about inflation when the PTI was in power. Imran claimed he was ousted as he wanted “peo­ple-friendly foreign policy”. “If Russia gives us oil at 30 per cent discount then why I should not buy it? If India can purchase oil at cheaper rate, then why cant we?” he asked.

Calling PM Shehbaz Sharif, PPP chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman the “three stooges”, Imran said the trio “colluded with their foreign bosses” to topple an elected government in order to get re­prieve in corruption cases. “I am hopeful this revolution will take this country to a point which was envisioned by our founding fathers,” he added.

CM Elahi sees Imran Khan next PM with two-third major­ity

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Fri­day said that the Kalabagh dam will be constructed after Pa­kistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be­come the prime minister with a two-thirds majority.

Addressing a rally, Punjab CM Elahi expressed his gratitude to PTI Chairman and party work­ers. He said that no one but Im­ran Khan can built the Kalabagh dam. Assuring the PTI Chair­man that Gujrat is ‘land of loy­alty, CM Elahi said that there is no war in the country in which the sons of Gujrat have not em­braced martyrdom, adding that they are also the recipients of Nishan-i-Haider.

Saying that education has changed environment of Gu­jrat, Parvez Elahi lashed out at former Punjab CM Hamza She­hbaz, said that he [Hamza] dis­tributed laptop in Gujrat and asked the university students to remember the PML-N, but the students straightaway said that they will remember those who built the university. He said that another huge university is be­ing built in Gujrat because edu­cation is the only way that can bring change in the country, adding that industries are also being built in Gujrat.